AIM Final

Posted by Debby on 20th October and posted in EDC 638A

Tried something new again in my Intro to Internet class. Instead of the typical 20 question final quiz, I set up 20-30 minute chat times. Each student had to sign up for a time to meet on AIM. I came up with a list of questions to choose from. At the beginning of each time I gave the following general instructions:
We have covered a lot of information in this class. Part of the final involves being able to communicate online. Since you are here, you have already aced that part 🙂 I am going to ask you some questions that come from the different topics we have learned about in the last 9 weeks. For an answer to get full credit, it needs to address the question completely and show a good understanding of the topic. Remember, this is a college final, so you should strive to use good grammar and complete sentences. Don’t stress over minor typos, but do try to write so I can understand your answer. I will save a copy of our chat transcript for my records of your final exam. Any questions?
Tip: If you have a long answer, type a sentence or two followed by … That will let me know more is coming. When you have finished your answer, let me know by typing .

So far, about half the class has taken the final. Tomorrow is the big day, with 7 students signed up. The response has been positive from the students, and I feel like I have been able to make a final, personal contact with each one. The questions I am asking address general themes instead of dates and places. I am hoping to get them looking at the big picture of the Internet. I finished off each interview with these questions:

  • What is the most useful thing you learned in this class? How has it helped you?
  • Was there something we didn’t cover that you would have liked to know more about?

    I think if I use this technique again, I will allow for more time. I didn’t factor in that some students are slower typists than others. It seemed like one or two of them were taking the time to look things up. I would prefer answers off the top of their head instead, so I might include an instruction about a time limit to start answering the question in the future.
    I will follow up with more comments after all of the finals are given tomorrow.

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